Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 7/9/2011

A lot of stuff has been happening.  Let’s check it out:


  • In the New York Times, Dan Savage talks about different forms of relationships in an interesting article about how non-monogamous relationships may not be so bad.  Keep things honest!  Re-draw boundaries on what one can do in the relationship, not have hard-line rules on monogamy.  It’s because monogamy is actually harder than we think.  Around page 4, there’s a critique suggesting that women may go along with it just to please their partners.  This may lead to a more diverse society with various forms of relationships.  We can’t have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to romantic relationships.
  • As a response, Stephanie Coontz-whom I adore, as you can see from this post–has sympathetically understood Savage’s point, but disagrees.  She suggests that monogamy will still be the major institution of relationships and it’s not going away anytime soon.  Any why not?

    It’s because we’re not the kind of society that has lots of very close, tight-knit relationships with a sense of interdependence that exists across the life cycle. So, we put more of our commitment eggs in the basket of our significant other. As long as that occurs, allowing sexual dalliances, which sometimes become invested with big emotions, will threaten that one source of obligation and altruism. Because we put this emphasis on the dyadic bond, it is a fairly rare couple that can go into [an open marriage] absolutely confident that [these other relationships] will not turn into something more threatening and permanent.

    In other words, the notion of equality in marriages has made monogamy stronger.

  • Penis size has been linked by comparing the ratio of the index finger with the ring finger on the right hand.  The lower the ratio, the longer the penis.  How so?  Prenatal hormones.
  • A blog about using the tools of economics to investigate love and sexuality.




  • A huge smashup of Daft Punk songs.
  • Anyone want to play Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on the piano as a fugue?  Or you can just listen to it:  


  • Samoans lose a day in order to gain an economic stronghold.

About shaunmiller

I am a Ph. D student at Marquette University. The primary purpose of this blog is to get my ideas out there, and then have other people scrutinize, critique, build upon, and systematize beliefs. This blog will sometimes pertain to what I'm learning in my classes, but it will occasionally deal with non-classroom issues that I'm thinking about as well.
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1 Response to Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 7/9/2011

  1. thekillerj says:

    I’m glad the subjects in the penis study were anesthetized when they stretched their penises “as much as possible.” Jeez

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